By Christian Ogbonna
Some judiciary stakeholders in Ebonyi have applauded the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) for suspending its two-month-old strike.
In separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abakaliki on Thursday, the stakeholders described the group’s decision as a welcome development.
NAN recalls that JUSUN had on April 6, ordered its members nationwide to shut all courts in the country to strengthen its agitation for judiciary autonomy.
A legal practitioner, Mr Mike Nwaorie, said the suspension of the strike was in the interest of the nation and the judiciary.
Nworie, however, advised federal and state governments to make workers welfare a priority since they remain the engine room for the nation’s development.
Another legal practitioner, Chidi Raymond, also expressed happiness over the development, saying he would not wait to return to work.
The Ebonyi Chairman of the union, Mr Okoh Nnachi, said the suspension would allow an opportunity for further negotiation towards the resolution of the dispute.
Nnachi said they were ready to return to work in line with the directive of its national leadership, pointing out that they were committed to promoting justice for the people.
He further thanked the Chief Justice of Nigeria and all heads of courts for their patience for the period of their action.
NAN recalls that the national leadership of the union had Wednesday directed its members to resume work on Monday, June 14.
The decision to suspend the strike, followed the intervention of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, and the National Judicial Council. (NAN)